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Definition of shorten:

  1. To become short or shorter; as, the day shortens in northern latitudes from June to December; a metallic rod shortens by cold.
  2. To make deficient ( as to); to deprive; - with of.
  3. To make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard, pot liquor, or the like.
  4. To make short or shorter in measure, extent, or time; as, to shorten distance; to shorten a road; to shorten days of calamity.
  5. To reduce or diminish in amount, quantity, or extent; to lessen; to abridge; to curtail; to contract; as, to shorten work, an allowance of food, etc.

Synonyms:

quash, geld, disregard, scale down, demasculinize, demasculinise, stretch, repress, elongate, turn off, elide, foreshorten, edit out, dilute, slim, swerve, squeeze, bring down, curve, bowdlerize, rationalise, boil down, slue, constrict, slew, write out, snub, lose weight, deoxidize, deoxidise, lengthen, cut, extend, undertake, slim down, skip, press, narrow, ignore, bowdlerise, edit, emasculate, grow, sign, take, tailor, switch off, spay, keep down, castrate, make out, tighten, trend, turn out, melt off, subjugate, decoct, increase, burn, sign on, trim down, cut back, dock, issue, cut off, long, thin out, hack, thin, rationalize, come down, sheer, telescope, expurgate, get, trim back, veer, sign up, syncopate, alter, slenderize, neuter, cut down, subdue.

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